Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp believes Roberto Mancini could be sacked if Manchester City fail to win the Premier League title.
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Mancini has been in charge of City since 2009, and, boosted by the club's financial clout, helped City claim FA Cup glory last season and also a top-four finish.
This campaign the Italian has guided the side to the top of the table, and he faces a crunch game on Sunday when City host third-placed Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium.
Speaking ahead of the encounter, Redknapp has ramped up the pressure on Mancini, expressing his belief that owner Sheikh Mansour could relieve the Italian of his position if he fails to match his expectations.
Redknapp told the Sunday Mirror: "City are not throwing money around for fun. The sheikh and the club's supporters expect Mancini to deliver and if they don't win the Premier League title who is to say they won't sack him and bring in someone who can?
"Personally, I quite like Mancini and I certainly don't blame him for spending the money he has. I would if I was in his position. But you have to accept that with it comes pressure and rising expectations.
"City have come from nowhere in recent years after living in the shadows of their neighbours Manchester United but, when you suddenly find yourself with the spending power to outbid any club, the past counts for nothing and people don't want you to win things, they expect it."